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EPA Honors Freight Industry Leaders for Environmental Achievements / EPA SmartWay Program Has Saved 65 Million Barrels of Oil since 2004

Release Date: 10/22/2013
Contact Information: CONTACT: Julia P. Valentine, valentine.julia@epa.gov, 202-564-0496, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON -- EPA is honoring 55 companies as industry leaders in supply chain environmental and energy efficiency with its 2013 SmartWay Excellence Awards. These awards go to companies that have demonstrated outstanding achievements in reducing carbon pollution and other harmful emissions as they move goods across the U.S. more efficiently.

"This year’s SmartWay Excellence Award recipients show that reducing carbon pollution is good for business and good for the environment,” said Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “They’re showing how SmartWay business leaders can outcompete the rest of the world while reducing costs and improving the fuel and freight efficiency of their transportation operations.”

The annual SmartWay Excellence Award honors top truck, intermodal and rail carrier partners that are setting efficiency benchmarks in how they move products and supplies. Shipping and logistics partners also are recognized for superior efficiency and additional actions to reduce freight emissions through effective collaboration, advanced technology and operational practices, a robust system for validating and reporting their SmartWay data and communications and public outreach. SmartWay Excellence Award recipients were recognized at the annual conference of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals in Denver, Colorado.

EPA launched the SmartWay partnership program in 2004 to help the freight industry improve environmental performance. Since then, SmartWay Partners have saved 65 million barrels of oil. This is equivalent to taking over 5 million cars off the road for an entire year. SmartWay’s clean air achievements (28 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 478,000 tons nitrogen oxides, and 22,000 tons of particulate matter reduced) help to protect the health and well-being of citizens and provide for a more competitive business environment.

More information on SmartWay:
http://www.epa.gov/smartway/

List of Excellence Award recipients:
http://www.epa.gov/smartway/partner-resources/awards.htm